Friday, March 10, 2017


The Kaduna International Airport yesterday sprang to life as unprecedented number of commercial flights landed and took off on the first day of flight diversion from Abuja.
Abuja's Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport was shut down midnight Tuesday for major repairs that will last six weeks.
It took the federal government over two months to raise the level of facilities at the Kaduna airport in order to take over Abuja's responsibilities.
The airport which usually receives local flights of not more than a hundred passengers a day yesterday hosted several international flights.
The car park was unusually filled to capacity making some drivers park their vehicles on the curbs.
Our correspondent observed that airport officials, aviation workers, representatives of businesses, newsmen, and security personnel arrived at the airport as early as 8:00 am.
Security and other paramilitary outfits controlling traffic manned strategic points in Kaduna right up to the airport to make for easy movement of traffic.
By around 9:00 am, the usually sleepy terminal was bursting with human traffic as men and women of various agencies in the aviation made to welcome the first international flight to the airport.
The Ethiopian Air B787 with over 50 passengers on-board and crew members landed at 11.30 am.
The Minister of State, Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika with aviation agencies' heads were on ground to receive them.
Ethiopian Air, a member of the Star Alliance, was treated to a ceremonial shower by the Federal Airports Authority (FAAN) fire service department on arrival at the airport.
By 11:45am, Azman Air also touched down as well from Lagos, Nigeria. The aircraft flew in from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ethiopian Air is the only foreign airline that had agreed to fly to Kaduna.
The captain of Ethiopian Air told the minister of state, Aviation Sen. Hadi Sirika that the runway was perfect and the instrument landing system (ILS) was great.
The Minister later told reporters he was satisfied with the work at the Kaduna airport.
Source: Daily Trust
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